Some of you may have noticed that I have un-watched a lot of you, and in turn have asked what's up. I was going to make this journal anyway, but you guys jumped on me faster than I could respond.
All I ask at this point is that you hear me out.
As I get older, I get busier and my responsibilities increase. I'm not a teenager, and in October I'll no longer be a "tween" as some people like to call those in their 20s. I'm married and my husband and I are wanting to finally start having kids soon. We just moved into a new place, my husband has an amazing job, and I'm adjusting into an art and music career thanks to my wonderful husband. My office is almost set up, and I have to make sacrifices for my life goals. May has been a month of clean up and removal for my family.
I absolutely love deviantART. I have been a member here since November 16, 2004. I've served on the CR Team for the Manga/Anime gallery. I've watched this site go through growing pains and become the place that it is today continuing to grow and change to fit the needs of the artistic masses and our changing society. I've also met a lot of amazing people here and seen so much gorgeous art over the years. In fact, I have a lot to thank deviantART for. I wasn't a good artist at all when I joined, and I've grown and changed myself over the years to reach the point I'm currently at which is far better than I ever dreamed I'd be, and I have hopes to be even better than I am now in another ten years.
In short, I want to focus on my family, art, and music more which means I need to cut back on deviantART time. I'm not leaving because this place has become my internet home of sorts, and I adore the community. Since it's actually quite impossible for me to stick with my focus and watch back every single person who watches me (there are 2757 of you) I've cleared back my watchlist to only include active groups, old and super close friends and family, and those who blow my mind with their work.
This doesn't mean I may not eventually watch you back again or that I'll never talk to you!!!
When I have the time I will continue to try to give communication opportunities and chances for you to share your work with me. I do care about you guys, but I have to think about my sanity, too.
Cutting back will mean more art from me, and I'd like to think a better quality experience for all those watching me.
My plan for the rest of May:
Complete at least 5 pictures from my Owed list if not more.
Complete the Winter Solider collab I'm doing with my best bud lilbit075
Complete at least 2 fan arts I have rolling around in my head.
Complete at least 1 Grimoire Rose piece, because I cannot let my charries run dry.
Finish my office space - organize my new desk / buy more shelving / finish the music studio
This list is tentative, but it's what I'd like to do. When the art owed list is cleared out, I'll open commissions, start a new contest, and begin posting Grimoire Rose (my comic starring my characters). I can't give an exact date for when things will be done. My life has proven to not be something I can schedule that clearly right now, but I will do my best.
If you don't want to continue to watch me because I'm not watching you, that is fine! I don't want you to feel obligated to watch me if you don't like my work. I want you to feel comfortable here.
Also never forget that if you guys want to talk to me, I'm open to most conversations and will respond most of the time, so don't be afraid to say Hello! I don't bite.
And if I have time and you need help with something or need advice or just someone to talk to or even only listen, I'm here for that as well. Once again, I may not respond immediately if I'm not caught up on things, but at the moment I am pretty caught up and will let you guys know if I'm swamped.
Once again, thanks for everything. I love you guys, and I appreciate your understanding of my situation.